Though some in the Western world view the veil as a symbol of oppression, for many women in Egypt the hijab takes on different meanings.
Worldfocus contributing correspondent Hoda Osman speaks with women from different walks of life in Egypt, each with surprising revelations about why she has taken the veil.
Below the video, read what bloggers — including an Egyptian woman living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana — are saying about the veil, and its varying perceptions.
Bloggers in Egypt and elsewhere have taken up the debate about the veil.
Blogger “Manisha” writes from Cairo that women wear the hijab for reasons other than religious mandate — including safety and economics.
The “Egyptian Gumbo” blog, written by an Egyptian now living in Louisiana, writes about differing reactions to her hijab and her sister’s niqab in Baton Rouge.
“Hijabi Fashionista” is a blog providing fashion advice to women wearing the hijab. After receiving a critical comment from a man regarding her blogging, the blogger responds that fashion and Islam can go hand in hand.
Oct. 29 is “Global Pink Hijab Day,” in which Muslim women in the U.S. and abroad don pink hijabs to raise awareness of breast cancer and promote openness about the hijab to dispel misconceptions.